Advisory Board Member
Dave Gracey was raised as a 4th generation Jehovah’s Witness and baptized at age 14. He began to have doubts in his mid 20’s, when Watchtower’s expectation of the end of the world, Armageddon, did not occur in 1975. But even then, he would make excuses for those unrealized expectations, thinking that the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society was not infallible.
He married early at 21 and raised three children with his first wife. They divorced in 1996 and he remarried two years later to Mi Chu Kim Gracey. The facade of the Watchtower being the truth, which is part of the cult’s loaded language, began to crack when his 14-year-old daughter was disfellowshipped after being raped. When his 37-year-old daughter died of an overdose on prescription drugs, shortly after a meeting with JW elders in 2010, he knew the religion was deeply flawed.
Dave was disfellowshipped later that year after the elders who disfellowshipped his 14-year old were found guilty of child maltreatment by Child Protective Services.
These two events triggered his thorough research into the truth about Jehovah’s Witnesses. Within a year, he and his wife woke up to the reality that Watchtower uses mind manipulation tactics to control its members. Since then he has been an outspoken advocate for the growing ex-JW community, both online and with local meet-up groups.
In 2015, he and another former JW elder had the opportunity to speak with first-year medical students at the University of Utah about Watchtower’s blood transfusion policy and how it coerces members to refuse blood, even when the life of child is at stake.
After more than 49 years as a JW, he feels it is now his responsibility to speak out and help others to be aware of and rid themselves from Undue Influence.